Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admitted his relief after a lengthy VAR review overturned a penalty and red card awarded against him in his side's 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite, or perhaps due to, both sides having qualified before kick-off, an entertaining contest ensued at the Bernabeu.

Karim Benzama gave the hosts an early lead but just after the 40-minute mark PSG forward Mauro Icardi raced through and was taken down by the Belgian stopper.

The referee initially awarded a red card and free-kick, before VAR advised the foul was in the box, which would have meant a yellow card and penalty under the rule changes in 2016 that downgraded the double punishment for a 'professional foul' in the area - if a player is attempting to play the ball .

After further review however, it was decided that Idrissa Gueye had shoved Marcelo in the build-up to the incident and the result was a free-kick to Real.

"At the moment it happened, I though the referee was whistling a foul for Marcelo but you never know if the referee sees it," Courtois told RTÉ Sport.

"The moment the pass was played I head something, maybe a whistle, so I didn't go 100% sprint. In the moment I want to tackle I see he will be in front of me so I try to avoid it but I hit him.

"I thought maybe it was a penalty and yellow card but apparently it was outside the box, that's why he gave me a red card.

"When he came back from the VAR first I thought he was going to give me yellow and penalty but he was giving a foul.

"Yeah, I was a bit lucky!"

Benzema made it 2-0 in the 79th minute before PSG hit back with two goals in two minutes from Kylian Mbappe and sub Pablo Sarabia, the first a mix-up between Courtois and his defender Raphael Varane.

"It was a pity that after 2-0 we conceded straight away," admitted the former Chelsea man.

"I was going to dive to catch the ball and I shouted but maybe Rafa heard it differently or thought I wasn't going there, so he hit the ball with his foot and it passed me and was a perfect assist for Mbappe.

"Then they had their momentum and Sarabia made an amazing goal."

Sub Gareth Bale went close to a winner when his free-kick struck the upright late on but Courtois was happy to accentuate the positives.

"I think we played an amazing game today. We played against one of the best teams in Europe, who aspire to win the Champions League.

"If you have that performance against them it's really good.

"It's unfortunate for out night. Gareth almost scored for 3-2 but overall we have to look at how great our game was and go on."